East of England APPG highlights importance of the region’s road network
On 12 September, our CEO Andrew Summers made the case for investment in the East’s roads to Department for Transport Minister Richard Holden at an East of England APPG.
With dispersed towns and a large rural population, roads will remain crucial to safe, reliable day-to-day journeys across the region – as part of an integrated transport network. They’re also essential in supporting freight movements through our ports which help the regional and national economy to thrive.
We highlighted the slow delivery of our road upgrades, some of which have been debated for decades. We advocated for our major junction improvements, alongside a better balance of maintenance funding for local roads, and embedding active and sustainable transport to create more integrated road improvements to support better walking, cycling and sustainable transport infrastructure within their plans.
Alongside our East colleagues at England’s Economic Heartland we emphasised how the STB strategies improve the case for investment and priorities – a role recognised by both the Minster and National Highways.
Video below is of Andrew Summers making the case for investment in our region’s roads.
Prior to the APPG we shared a briefing which gives an overview of roads within East of England.
Read the document here: Roads: driving forward economic growth in the East of England